Japhet De Oliveira
Japhet J De Oliveira is senior pastor at Boulder Adventist Church. Japhet was co-founder of the One project, an organization that focused on the centrality of Jesus in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It produced gatherings all over the world, attracting hundreds of participants each year. He is also director of 31 Grantly, a business specializing in event management.
Japhet recently served as university chaplain at Andrews University, leading faith development on campus for students, faculty, and staff. He was also senior pastor for the One Place community worship service on campus, ministering to a congregation of hundreds of students and families. He was an adjunct professor in youth ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and served as interim director for the MA in Youth Ministry.
He has been director for the Center for Youth Evangelism, youth director for the South England Conference, youth pastor at Stanborough Park Church in Watford, England, and associate pastor for several churches in southeast England. Throughout his career, Japhet has proven himself an energetic and innovative leader, continually creating new initiatives and programs. He led production of the first iPhone app in Adventist youth ministry, produced the evening programming at the International Camporee (2009), and created 180º Symposiums—a youth ministry think tank. He also spearheaded projects such as London Live, a young-adult church in central London, HUB, a monthly journal for youth ministry leaders, and a diploma in youth leadership at Newbold College in England.
Japhet earned his BA in theology and an MA in religion with a certificate in church growth from Andrews University on the Newbold College campus in Binfield, England. He was born in southeast London to a Brazilian father and Mauritian mother. He speaks conversational Portuguese. Japhet is married to Becky (Crooker) and they have two boys - Joshua (18) and Jonah (14).